The Adafruit Feather is the latest platform for microcontroller development, and companies like Particle, Sparkfun, and Seeed Studios are producing Feather-compatible devices for development and prototyping. Now it’s your turn. Design a board to fit in the Feather ecosystem and we’ll manufacture it. The best project in the Take Flight With Feather contest will be sent off to pick and place machines and head straight to the Digi-Key warehouse!
To get started, take a look at the current Feather ecosystem (link:https://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-feather/community-feathers-wings) and get acquainted with the GitHub repo filled with examples and tutorials (link:https://github.com/adafruit/awesome-feather).
For the Take Flight With Feather contest, we’re looking for the cool, the useful, the insane, and the practical. Most of all, we’re looking for manufacturability. Electron savant Lady Ada will be judging each board on the basis of manufacturability, with the best board moving on to the assembly line where it will be stocked at Digi-Key.
What’s a good design? We’re looking for submissions in the following categories:
- The Weirdest Feather — What’s the most ridiculous expansion board you can come up with?
- You’ll Cut Yourself On That Edge — We’re surrounded with bleeding-edge tech, what’s the coolest use of new technology?
- Retro Feather — Old tech lives on, but can you design a Feather to interact with it? Is it even possible to build a vampire Ethernet tap or an old acoustically-coupled modem?
- Assistive Tech — Build a Feather to help others. Use technology to improve lives.
- Wireless Feather — Add a new wireless technology to the Feather ecosystem
The winning entry overall will be chosen for manufacturability, and will win a small manufacturing run of 100 boards or less and be stocked at Digi-Key. The number of boards in the manufacturing run will be determined by the winning design.
Note: Because of the small run initially, there will be no profit or margin for the first few boards. If the board is well accepted and a larger run is planned, then a longer term business model will be addressed.
The 5 winners in the 5 categories above will receive $100 Tindie gift certificates.
To get started, start a project on hackaday.io and upload your project.
Contest runs noon November 1 to noon December 31st. All times are in Pacific Standard Time.
There are over 26+ entries so far, from what we were told this contest has had the most entries, the fastest, for hackaday.io contests! Here they are in order of how they are listed on the hackaday.io contest site.
- LoRaWAN Feather. An Adafruit-compatible, LoRaWAN-compatible board by Andy.
- PoE-FeatherWing. Like the Adafruit Ethernet FeatherWing, but with Power over Ethernet built-in! by Patrick Van OosterwijckPatrick Van Oosterwijck.
- SpiderWing – Spider robot powered by Adafruit Feather boards and MicroPython by de∫hipu.
- u-blox ZED-F9P GPS Featherwing. A GPS Featherwing for the Adafruit Feather, using a high-precision GPS module from u-blox by sirmylesavery.
- MAX3421E FeatherWing by davedarko.
- Cedar Grove RoverWing. A stackable, LiPo-powered interface for connecting the Adafruit Trinket M0 to the Feather ecosystem by Cedar.
- Keyboard FeatherWing. A FeatherWing with a LCD, BB Q10 keyboard and a 5-way button by arturo182.
- AD9833 Waveform Generator FeatherWing. A frequency-precise sine/square/triangle waveform generator on a FeatherWing-compatible board by Cedar.
- u-blox SAM-M8Q GPS Featherwing. A GPS Featherwing for the Adafruit Feather, using a GPS module from u-blox. No external antenna required! by sirmylesavery.
- PewPew FeatherWing. A shield for Adafruit Feather boards with buttons and a LED matrix display, for simple games by de∫hipu.
- Feather Wing Isolated MOSFET driver. Drive MOSFET with proper signal and power isolation with any Feather boards by Dr.Stone.
- CNC FeatherWing. A Feather-compatible CNC control board, requires Pololu stepper motor drivers by arturo182.
- Kick Tic Tac Toe. Practice penalties on wall, accurate your shot, shout out in the hall! by manaschhabra.
- Quadcopter FeatherWing for Huzzah32. Let Huzzah32 fly by Iman.
- NeoPixel_HD Feather Wing. Add-On Wing for Adafruit’s feather boards – With a maximized number of neoPixels: A 22×9 RGB LED Matrix by Alex.
- KeyWing. A FeatherWing with three keyboard keys by de∫hipu.
- Sensing and display FeatherWing. E-ink display with humidity, temperature, and airflow measurement with analog input terminal block & Grove header by CaptMcAllister.
- Pressure sensor shield for Feather. Pressure and temperature sensor with LED for pressure range indication. This fixture logs the pressure and temperature at a given time by Vikram Seshadri.
- OctoSonar FeatherWing. Drive 8 HC-SR04 Ultrasonic sensors from your Feather project by Alastair Young.
- RECORD Feather Wing. A simple Feather Wing for recording audio from an internal or external mic to an SD card by Asher Gomez.
- Battery FeatherWing. A shield for powering Adafruit Feather board by de∫hipu.
- GameWing. This hack is a wing board for the Adafruit Huzzah32 providing game controller connectors, analog audio and video by bitluni.
- Gesture FeatherWing. A daughterboard with a capacitive gesture sensor for the Adafruit Feather boards by de∫hipu.
- The GearsNGenes ADS1115 FeatherWing. A device to enable more fun and experiments in circuit analysis by gearsNgenes.
- Cedar Grove Robot Friend FeatherWing. A passive FeatherWing adapter for stacking an Adafruit PyBadge or PyGamer onto a Crickit FeatherWing by Cedar.